The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit

The third main section of the present Creed concerns the Holy Spirit and His work in the holy Church. We note that the Holy Spirit and the Church are paired together in the Creed, for the Church is the handiwork and home of the Holy Spirit, and one cannot think...

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The Church as Object of Faith

The Church as Object of Faith

As mentioned before, the third main section of the present Creed concerns the Holy Spirit and His work in the holy Church, and we note that the Holy Spirit and the Church are paired together. Here we examine the creedal description of the Church. The mention of the Church in...

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The Church as One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic

The Church as One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic

We saw previously that the Creed confesses the Church as an object of faith to show how, despite all its historical liturgical diversity (especially in the pre-Nicene period), the true Church was one, and the salvation one experienced there was not affected by where one lived. We look now at the...

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I Acknowledge One Baptism

I Acknowledge One Baptism

Another part of the third main section of the present Creed focusing upon the Holy Spirit and His work in the holy Church concerns holy baptism. The phrase runs, “I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.” Here we note in passing a change of verb, with the accompanying...

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I look for the Resurrection of the Dead, and the Life of the Age to Come

I look for the Resurrection of the Dead, and the Life of the Age to Come

The last part of the third main section of the present Creed says, “I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the age to come.”  Though this part of the Creed was not included with an eye to refuting the heresies of the fourth century, the...

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Conclusion:  “The Doors! The Doors!  In Wisdom Let Us Attend”

Conclusion: “The Doors! The Doors! In Wisdom Let Us Attend”

In our modern Orthodox Liturgy, the Creed is prefaced by a diaconal word of command. That is, just before the Creed is chanted or sung, the deacon cries out, “The doors! The doors!” and only after this does he invite the faithful to join in reciting the Creed by saying,...

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